“What are you talking about?” I hear you say. “Variety is good. People can choose what suits them.”
It is simply the difference of a caged lion to a wild one. To have a wild lion live in conditions only suitable for a caged lion proves to be quite an awkward situation.
The economy of Dubai sustains itself reactively. It is a Las Vegas phenomenon and a global theme park of sorts. And as sure as gravity, a recession in any major country will have a negative effect on Dubai.
Dubai culture in general is based on race. The general rule is reflected both in the way the overall population regards you (e.g. low regard, high regard, or indifferent) and this is directly proportional to pay grade and lifestyle.
“…marketing sometimes clouds government perceptions in the same way that vanity clouds the good sense of the average Joe.”